Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town. It's more lively and urban in character than other beach destinations like Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. It's also the scuba diving center of Vietnam.
Traces of human settlement in Nha Trang date back to the Cham Empire, though in times of Vietnamese rule, there wasn’t much more than small fishing villages. The French recognized that this beautiful bay, with its islands and white sand beaches, made for a perfect bathing spot, and began the transformation into a resort town. American soldiers agreed, and Nha Trang became a favorite vacation stop during the war.
The monsoon season is from October to mid December. Sea winds can be heavy, and sometimes the weather can get pretty chilly. Summer, naturally, brings many vacation goers into town and hotel rooms get somewhat more difficult to find.
Warning: especially for men, Nha Trang can be a bit hard on those that consume too much alcohol and frequent the late night bars. Most of the city shuts down by 10 p.m. and all the scammers and thieves will go where the tourist money is, fed by travel guides. Men should be wary of the common tactic of beautiful women rubbing up against you relieving you of your possessions.
Warning confirmed: Having spent several months in early 2012 in Nha Trang, I can confirm that by night, late night pickpockets are waiting for tourists, especially inebriated men. The motorbike taxi is a genuine problem. The drivers will occasionally try to sell you women. A simple taxi ride can turn into a problem. At night if you are intoxicated, certain drivers will purposely drop you off near a larger group of other motorbike taxi drivers, and then, ask for a much higher fare. Any sign of resistance by the customer can turn ugly fast. Strangely enough, having spent two months in Nha Trang, I honestly cannot recall seeing a single police car (or bike). Police are virtually unseen in the city. Certainly, by day, the city has plenty of charm, most of the people are very friendly, and I genuinely miss the place. By night, however, Nha Trang is a city I'd take simple precautions in (like Bangkok, Saigon and Pattaya).
Growing influx of Russian tourists: Large numbers of Russian tourists are going to Nha Trang, and many say this will considerably raise prices in the city and thus make Nha Trang not so cheap.